Uttar Pradesh (UP) minister convicted in Chitrakoot Gang Rape Case2 min read

BY- MONIKA SHEORAN

On Wednesday, a special court in Lucknow found former Uttar Pradesh (UP) minister Gayatri Prajapati and two others guilty in the Chitrakoot Gang Rape Case of 2017.

The three defendants, including Gayatri, were convicted guilty under Section 376D of the IPC and Section 5/6 of the POCSO Act by Special Judge Pawan Kumar Rai presiding over an MP/MLA Court. On the 12th of November, 2021, a decision on the length of the punishment will be made. Aside from him, the court has found two other defendants, Ashish Shukla and Ashok Tiwari, guilty. Gayatri’s gunner Chanderpal, PRO Rupeshwar alias Rupesh and Vikas Verma, son of a top PCS officer, and Amarendra Singh alias Pintu were acquitted since the court found no evidence against them.

When Prajapati was a minister in Uttar Pradesh (UP), a Chitrakoot-based woman alleged that he and his six aides gang-raped her and attempted to outrage the modesty of her underage daughter.

The woman filed a PIL plea in the Supreme Court in 2017 after the Uttar Pradesh police refused to record an FIR against Prajapati. She was seeking the court’s instruction to initiate an FIR. As a result, the Supreme Court directed the Uttar Pradesh (UP) police to file a First Information Report (FIR) against him in connection with alleged gang rape and sexual harassment cases. However, the woman who accused the former minister of rape and filed the aforementioned PIL later retracted her statement by filing an application before the special MP-MLA court in Prayagraj in 2019. In court, the woman stated that the former minister did not rape her, but that two of his aides did.

Interestingly, in 2019, the CBI filed two FIRs in connection with a mining fraud in Uttar Pradesh (UP), in which Prajapati and four IAS officers were accused. The FIRs were filed after the state’s central investigation agency conducted searches in 12 different places. In October 2020, the Supreme Court overturned an interim bail order given by the Allahabad High Court to Gayatri Prajapati, a former Uttar Pradesh minister, due to his health. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy, and MR Shah stated that the Prajapati is receiving proper medical care and that the High Court’s ruling was “unsustainable” since it did not evaluate all of the evidence.

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